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Dentrix ePrescribe automates the process of writing and electronically transmitting prescriptions to pharmacies while also helping to detect drugs that might aggravate your patients’ medical conditions (diagnoses).

With ePrescribe, dangerous interactions are automatically flagged before you can complete the prescription process, but only if the patients’ medical diagnoses have been entered into ePrescribe.

To enter a patient’s medical diagnoses into ePrescribe:

  1. From any patient-specific Dentrix module, select a patient.
  2. As an authorized ePrescribe user, open the Patient Prescriptions dialog box and click the Electronic Rx button.
  3. Hover your cursor over the Act. Problems line and click the Edit icon when it appears. If there are existing medical diagnoses entered, click the Edit icon in the Act Problems line.
  4. Click the Add Diagnosis button.
  5. Enter a date when the diagnosis was first noticed or reported (if different from today’s date).
  6. Clear the Active check box if the diagnosis you are entering is no longer an active diagnosis.
  7. In the Search field, enter a diagnosis, click the Go button, scroll through the list (if needed), and select the diagnosis to be added.
  8. To save your selection, click Save.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 8 to add more diagnoses.
  10. When all medical diagnoses have been entered and saved, click Back to return to ePrescribe’s main page.

Once the patient’s medical diagnoses have been entered, their active diagnoses will display in the Act. Problems line, as a reminder of the patient’s diagnoses when you prescribe medications.

If there are any contraindications for the drug(s) you are attempting to prescribe, with regards to the patient’s medical condition(s), ePrescribe displays a warning message. Heed the message and consider prescribing another drug.


Bonus Tips

  • While you can also enter and save a patient’s medical conditions as part of a patient’s Health History in Dentrix, these items are NOT transmitted to ePrescribe — you must enter them manually.
  • It’s good practice to enter your patient’s medical diagnoses into ePrescribe before creating electronic prescriptions, so ePrescribe can double-check drugs you are attempting to prescribe that might aggravate the patient’s medical diagnoses.
  • It’s also good practice to periodically confirm known medical diagnoses with your patients while creating their electronic prescriptions.
  • If a patient has many medical diagnoses, all of them will not be displayed in the Act. Problems line, and a MORE… button will display next to the last displayed diagnosis. Click it to view all of the patient’s medical diagnoses.

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